Wellington: Mercedes Benz team chief Toto Wolff has predicted that their racer Nico Rosberg would bounce back stronger next year from his Abu Dhabi defeat by teammate Lewis Hamilton in Sunday's Formula One title showdown.
In the wake of Hamilton's triumph, and clinching of his second drivers' world title, Wolff also pointed to the strong and respectful rivalry that underpinned their relationship as teammates.
Rosberg went into the race starting from pole position and seeking to overturn Hamilton's 17-point lead in the championship race with double points on offer for the first time, but after a poor start, he was unable to respond to Hamilton's pace and gradually fell down the running order after being hit by a succession of car problems to finish 14th, Stuff.co.nz reported.
Wolff said that they know that Hamilton's talent is enormous and one can see that with 11 race victories, but added that both of them have grown as personalities and as drivers this year.
Wolff said that don't expect Rosberg to give up and not to come back. He added that the German has got to lick his wounds and try to learn for next year and bounce back.
The Mercedes boss said that he thinks both of them are going to be great competitors and fighting each other next year.
Wolff added Rosberg's success in outperforming Hamilton in qualifying was one reason for his belief in the future.